Shelter has been manufacturing high-end phono cartridges as a specialized analog audio manufacture by traditional manufacturing technique since the company was established in 1986. All Shelter MC phono cartridges are hand-made at a workshop in Japan by adept craftsmanship, then they are all inspected and quality assured by Yasuo Ozawa himself, the designer and founder of Shelter. The brand name of Shelter is designated with hoping that the world analog record lover who aims the summit of music playback can trust the brand and becomes a dependent on a place (shelter) of analog audio occasionally.
The sound timbre of audio system mirrors each owner whose values and lifestyle so it never be the same sound. Especially the analog playback is very sensitive because the sound character immediately changes with only changing the screw which fixes the cartridge and head-shell. This means that the hobby of audio isn’t a thing to compete superior or inferior of an absolute sound, but it is indicating just like ways of self-expression to complete the painting a piece of picture. Through the smooth and warmth sound character the Shelter phono cartridge was born to realize the sound character that is only possible to delineate by you. The balmy sound may feel a lack for the first listening, but it doesn’t become weary for many years and there is always new discovery. This smooth, warmth and balmy sound is what is the true personality of a Shelter product.
Shelter MC phono cartridges avoid novel design and provide simple structure with minimum model changes, as the result the product has a long lifetime characteristic. Moreover, Shelter considers to prevent sound character change occur during the product lifetime by only using carefully selected component parts. In addition, as another characteristic of Shelter, a single individual designer supervises all products since the company establishment, also sincerely coping with the follow-up of those products that have been sold. For example, even a model 701 which was sold in 1986, can be upgraded to a current model at the cost of stylus change. Shelter flatters themselves that obedient and natural playback sound of Shelter phono cartridge captivates your heart and is activating in your listening room for a long time as reference phono cartridge.